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mainalbumkurbadsWhat's more metal than swords, cloaks, and tales of mystical beasts and legends? NOTHING.
In that, SKYFORGER is about as metal as they come. The "Latvian Pagan Metal" band brings Baltic folk music into their guitar-driven fury, creating an album worthy of a hearty mosh and the anger of an Orc. Indeed my black-shirted brothers and sisters, if Bilbo Baggins was a thrasher, KURBADS would likely be blaring from the entrance to his tree-based hut.
 Check out "Black Rider" or "The Devilslayer" to hear just how effective the band is. The flute lead on "In the Underworld" nearly brought a tear to my eye.
I can't possibly leave you without including the following quotation from the SKYFORGER's own official biography: "[KURBADS is] a conceptual album about the legendary Latvian fairytale hero, Kurbads, who was born magically from the white mare and did many great deeds. This album will be Skyforger's debut album and will be a stellar installment in the band's catalogue..."

It takes some stones to tell your potential audience that your album will be "stellar," but it's also interesting to mention your back catalog while calling this your "debut album." In truth, KURBADS is SKYFORGER's debut album for Metal Blade, and thus the mainstream metal audience. The band has released four prior albums on European labels.

Pray to the Gods that SKYFORGER continues to fly their mighty flag high above the mountains, slaying whatever evil beast may have the misfortune of crossing their paths.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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